Let's leave aside the debates whether people who believe to be protected with an olive branch hung on the wall of their homes against “evil eye”, jealousy and magic done by others are right or not; but there is another obvious matter that is not discussed in the agenda, and it is the fact that olive oil is above all an invaluable source of health except that it makes people well-groomed and more beautiful with their cosmetic properties, lotion, ointment and soaps.
Those who live for thousands of years in the Mediterranean basin and in the Asia Minor knew that the olive oil, both delicious and nutritious, which they made available in their kitchens and on their tables, and they used to illuminate their temples, offer their sacrifices to the gods, and in the perfumes made to relish and beautify their skins and in the ointments to prepare and relax the muscles of athletes for the competitions, and in making soaps to scrub and cleanse their bodies, was a healing at the same time.
The Mediterranean people and their neighbors had always appreciated the importance of the olive oil for health before and after the most significant medical specialists Hippocrates (460-367 B.C.), born in Kos (Istanköy) Island next to Halicarnassus (Bodrum) in the Aegean region, and Galen of Bergama (131-201 A.C.). In addition, they were looking for healing diseases with drugs containing olive oil. Even today, many “healing” compositions called “nostrum” or folk remedy containing the composition of olive oil and olive paste in Turkey is also further evidence of this non-decreasing interest.